Mayor Lightfoot Says First Budget Shows Both Efficiency And Austerity

Nancy Harty
October 24, 2019 - 8:17 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her first budget as Mayor shows both efficiency and austerity. 

One area the Lightfoot Administration has identified for cost-savings in the $11.65 billion spending plan is the merging of administrative jobs for police, fire, and emergency management. 

The Mayor told the Chicago Tribune's editorial board that change will reduce redundancies and move sworn officers out of clerical jobs and back on the street.

"We knew that there was an urgent need to make sure that a.) we didn't have police officers doing effectively clerical jobs, but also to put more officers out on the street, back into districts where they would serve a better, higher purpose," Lightfoot said.

While her budget eliminates vacant positions, Lightfoot wants 30 new full-time employees.

She tells the Tribune some of those positions will help achieve more savings, like the Risk Management Office targeting the millions the city spends on lawsuits from police pursuits.

Lightfoot said if state lawmakers don't make changes to the structure of a Chicago casino and raise taxes on the sale of more expensive homes, then she may have to raise property taxes.